Conceptions of White

As part of our ongoing response to the global uprisings against the systemic violence perpetrated upon Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities, the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Art Museum at the University of Toronto have decided to share some resources from active research for a forthcoming co-produced exhibition, Conceptions of White.

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The MacKenzie Art Gallery is Reopening

We are excited to announce that the MacKenzie Art Gallery is re-opening to the public on August 12th! Members-only access to the Gallery begins August 7th, as a thank you to our members for their support during COVID-19.

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It is Time (To Look Again)

Renew or purchase any MacKenzie membership now and receive additional limited time benefits to further enhance your gallery experience!

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"The Blood Records": Screening and Artist Conversation

For a limited time, view Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak’s The Blood Records: written and annotated in it’s entirety! Curated in the context of COVID-19, this artist video takes a look back at a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1944, in the heart of the Canadian prairies (Fort San, Saskatchewan).

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Heart Berries

Heart Berries is a machinima (movies made in virtual environments) retelling of the Nehiyaw story about how strawberries came to be, created at our first-ever Skins Train-the-Trainer workshop, in partnership with AbTeC (Aboriginal Technologies in Cyberspace), back in August 2019.

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Thursday Night Live Online

Thursday Night Live is a new livestream series/digital art talk show hosted by the MacKenzie’s Digital Coordinators Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll.

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Studio Sundays Online

Studio Sundays, presented by Canada Life, are an opportunity for families to connect with the artwork in the MacKenzie’s Permanent Collection and the artists that created them with hands-on workshops that are suitable for every age.

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Outdoor Sculpture Garden

The artworks in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden are part of the MacKenzie’s permanent collection and are on display on the grounds around the Gallery for you to enjoy year round.

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Spoken Word Performances

In conjunction with the experimental documentary in the Shumiatcher Theatre this winter, RISE by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca, the MacKenzie, in partnership with the Vertigo Reading Series, had the privilege to welcome Randell Adjei and InfoRed to the Gallery for spoken word performances!

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From the Archive

Daphne Odjig, "The Storyteller", 1966, wax crayon on paper. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, acquired with the generous support of Sheila J. Reid, Laurie E. Bleeks and Karen L. Watt.

7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.

In 1971, Daphne Odjig and her husband Chester Beavon opened a small craft store, Odjig Indian Prints of Canada Ltd. located at 331 Donald Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a gathering place, the store brought together artists who had previously worked in isolation from each other as well as the Indigenous art scenes in Ottawa and Toronto. “Odjig’s” as it was commonly referred to, offered a friendly place for artists to receive support and to discuss their challenges and aspirations. The store was a success and was expanded in 1974, establishing the New Warehouse Gallery, the first gallery owned and operated by a person of Indigenous heritage in Canada.

By 1972, a group of artists had formed and began to call themselves the “Group of Seven.” They usually met at the North Star Inn or at Odjig’s where they shared their frustrations with the Canadian art establishment, grappled with prejudice, discussed aesthetics, and critiqued one another’s art. In November 1973, these seven artists developed a proposal to formalize their organization into the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (PNIAI). An application was submitted on March 14, 1974. The Group was legally incorporated on April 1, 1975 under the name Anisinabe Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., though they continued to exhibit under the moniker PNIAI.

Edward Poitras: 13 Coyotes

In “13 Coyotes”, Poitras’ first solo exhibition in a decade, which was on view at the MacKenzie in 2012, the artist continued to explore imaginative territories, themes, issues and concepts that, in some cases, have spanned decades within his oeuvre.

The works included in the exhibition were the result of many years of extensive research and contemplation. They represent an ongoing reworking of imagery and meanings that address a whole range of themes and issues which have evolved and proliferated throughout Poitras’ life on Turtle Island.

Edward Poitras, "Sirius takes a bite", 2012, coyote bones, glue, ceramic. MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina Collection.

Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project - Tatanka Oyate

In 2017, the MacKenzie Art Gallery was thrilled to debut Dana Claxton’s The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate. The exhibition fills a major gap in our understanding of contemporary Sioux aesthetics in North America with a specific focus on the knowledge and practices of Lakota/Nakota/Dakota (Sioux) communities in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Sioux Project offered a thoughtful reflection on contemporary Sioux relationships to the land through the projection of interconnected stories onto four canvas screens configured in a large circle. Edited from hours of digital video footage collected from a series of workshops that Claxton held with Sioux youth throughout Saskatchewan, the artwork delivers an array of visual stories, songs, and images that give insight into the aesthetics of the Buffalo People–Tatanka Oyate–in relation to intergenerational knowledge and the dispersal of Sioux peoples throughout the province.

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

In 2018, the MacKenzie was pleased to exhibit Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective, part of a national tour organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor, which featured works by the contemporary photographer spanning nearly four decades.

Pelkey’s photographs document a variety of spaces, from ordinary urban yards in Saskatoon to dark woods at night. The retrospective addressed her ongoing contributions to an innovative kind of social geography, one in which the subject’s view is challenged to consider diverse options. The works invite viewers to imagine outcomes of events past, present, and future which may have happened, be happening, and could happen in those spaces.

Brenda Francis Pelkey, "Bush (from the series Oblivion)", 1997–1999, Ilfochrome on aluminum, edition of 3. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, gift of the artist.

Our Story

It is time to look again.
At what a public art gallery can be.
At what art reveals.
At our history.
At Saskatchewan.
At each other.
At ourselves.

In 1936, the seeds of the MacKenzie Art Gallery were planted with a bequest by Regina private collector Norman MacKenzie, who believed art should be accessible to all.

That spirit of inclusiveness has grown and deepened ever since. Today, our permanent collection spans 5,000 years and nearly 5,000 works of art, including one of Canada’s largest collections of art by Indigenous artists.

The diversity of the MacKenzie collection continually offers fresh perspectives, bringing people together to re-examine what they thought they knew. Through exhibitions, education, performance, workshops, and more, we are transforming how people throughout Saskatchewan experience the world, including relationships to Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and cultures from around the globe.

Ways to Get Involved

There are a variety of ways for you to get involved at the MacKenzie Art Gallery!

Become a MacKenzie Member

Now is the perfect time to become a MacKenzie member!

Renew or purchase any membership now and receive additional limited-time benefits to further enhance your MacKenzie member experience! All donations made when you purchase your membership will be matched dollar for dollar by the MacKenzie Board of Trustees and loyal MacKenzie supporters, who have generously contributed $30,000 toward this campaign. All funds raised will ensure the arts remain accessible to our community through award-winning MacKenzie Art Gallery programs during these uncertain times.

Volunteer at the Gallery

While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed the Gallery’s doors, we are unable to offer any volunteer opportunities at the moment.

We are always looking to add new volunteers with a passion for the arts to our MacKenzie team, though! If you would like to volunteer for future opportunities at the Gallery, please reach out to our Development Associate, Robyn Barclay at rbarclay@mackenzie.art.